On Saturday, November 19th, Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews Carole Bennett, author of Reclaim Your Life: You and the Alcoholic/Addict; Dr. Sonia Gaemi, author of Eating Wisely for Hormonal Balance, and Joe Sutton, author of The Year the Giants Won the Series.
To listen to Carole Bennett’s interview, click onto the link:addicts
For over twenty years, Carole Bennett, MA, has been personally enmeshed in the world of addiction and recovery with her own family’s alcohol and drug dependency issues. Professionally, her Master’s in Clinical Psychology has afforded her work as a treatment counselor for the Salvation Army and the Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
A decade ago, Carole founded Family Recovery Solutions—a counseling center geared toward the family and friends who are struggling with their loved ones’ addiction issues. Here, in a safe, confidential environment, Carole works with the family members in helping them understand their loved ones’ disease. In addition, they learn about their own recovery process and the important role they play regarding their loved ones’ recovery—or not.
Carole is a staff blogger on addiction and recovery for the Huffington Post’s Living Section, has written numerous articles for recovery newspapers, lectured and presented commentary for KCBS in conjunction with the television movie about Lois Wilson, the co-founder of Al-Anon.
Carole’s first book Reclaim Your Life: You and the Alcoholic/Addict, has become an invaluable guide for the family members and friends, clinicians, and recovery centers, as well as the alcoholic/addict themselves. Carole’s practice in Santa Barbara, California, stretches globally as she counsels by phone, as well as in person. http://www.familyrecoverysolutions.com
To listen to Dr. Sonia Gaemi, click onto link:dr healer
Sonia Gaemi Ed.D., R.D. has been a pioneer in the movement for self-healing and peace for more than 25 years, encouraging women to become peacemakers and to take leadership for their own health and human rights. As founder of the nonprofit organization Women for Cultural Wisdom (WCW), Dr. Sonia bridges communities to foster health and healing across the world. She initiated the annual One Day for Peace and Healing in 2000 in San Francisco, celebrating with tea and Qigong alongside 72 countries, and has sparked peace projects in many parks, schools, and healing centers across the US, Iran and the Middle East. Dr. Sonia is the Co-Chair of the Committee for Women’s Human Rights of the United Nations Association of San Francisco. The UN awarded her the title of “The Most Amazing Woman” in 1995 for organizing a Conference on Natural Hormones and her philosophy of Food Wisdom and Tea for Life. Dr. Sonia’s forthcoming book Sonia and Sophia; Thousands of Women like Us tells the story of unity and friendship between a Jewish and Muslim girl growing up together in Iran and moving to the US, searching for self healing and women’s justice. In this seminal journey she presents her model for healing and peace, based on four elements: eating green, thinking green, soaring in greenery (which comes through the internal energy and breathing work of Wild Geese Qigong), and a revival of traditional tea culture. International speaker and university lecturer on multicultural food practices for self-healing, having received her doctoral degree in International Education from SFU, Dr. Sonia contributes expert advice and commentary to major media outlets and has produced and hosted her own internationally broadcast TV show: The Art of Self Healing. She is the author of multiple books on nutrition, including: Eating Wisely for Hormonal Balance, and Eating Wisely for Hormonal Balance Journaling. Dr. Sonia maintains a private practice as an Integrated Preventative Registered Dietitian, having served her internship at UC Berkeley, and is a certified Chinese Medical Qigong instructor. Serving as Principal Investigator for the Public Health Institute of Berkeley, Dr. Sonia oversees research about the natural plant-based hormones found in garbanzo, soy and tea. http://www.drsonia.com
To listen to author Joseph Sutton, click onto the link:joesutton
Joseph Sutton was born in Brooklyn and raised in Hollywood. He played football at the University of Oregon and graduated with degrees in philosophy and history. He has been writing since 1969 and is the author of eight books. His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous national magazines.
A fellow fourth stringer asked him one day, “What are you going to do in life?”
“I’m going to be a writer,” Sutton blurted out. “I’m going to let the whole world know what it feels like for a fourth stringer to be treated like cannon fodder.” It was the first time the thought of being a writer entered his mind.
Upon graduating Oregon with degrees in philosophy and history, Sutton joined the Coast Guard reserve. Late in the morning on November 22, 1963, their ship docked in Alameda, CA, the crew heard the news of President Kennedy’s assassination. That night, because the president’s death hit him so hard, he did something he had never done before: he picked up a pen and started writing his thoughts and feelings. Little did he know he’d be doing the same thing to this day.
After completing six months of active duty, Sutton started teaching social studies at Fremont High School in South Central Los Angeles. Five years later, in 1969, he quit the teaching profession to follow his dream of becoming a writer. His first project was a novel, A Class of Leaders, about a white history teacher in a predominately black high school who throws the book away and lets his students teach. Sutton’s next work, a novel called Highway Sailor, deals with a man hitting the highways of America in search of himself and his country .
Sutton never forgot what he told his Oregon teammate when asked what he wanted to do in life: “…to be a writer.” ”The Fourth Stringer” was published several years ago in his collection The Immortal Mouth and Other Stories. http://joesutt.com